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EDUCATION RANKINGS
 
 
Most VALUABLE Health Majors
2016
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Health care disciplines can be a great choice for students interested in degrees that can lead to rewarding careers with job stability and strong earning potential. And, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in the health care industry is going to increase exponentially by 2024 and outpace all other industries in the coming years. With so many choices available, it can be difficult for students to know which degree program to pursue.

To help make this choice easier, WorldWideLearn.com has, for the first time, compiled a list of the top 25 health majors that provide the best value for students. Our list is based on extensive research and specific criteria that are outlined below.

Methodology

We ranked 105 majors across different fields of health care. To be included in the rankings, the major had to be classified as part of either the Health Professions & Related Programs instructional category or the Psychology category.

For this analysis, we ranked 105 majors across different fields of health care. To be included in the rankings, the major's Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code from the National Center for Education Statistics had to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Be included in code category 51: Health Professions and Related Programs
  2. Be included in code category 42: Psychology and clearly reference preparation for clinical work in the official program description

In addition, all majors we ranked had at least 1 program offered nationally and at least 1 degree was awarded in the subject, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

We scored each major on four categories of data using a 25-point scale and then added the scores from all categories, for a total of 100 points possible.

  1. Educational Availability, based on program availability data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  2. Earnings Index, based on salary and training data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014; education data from the Occupational Information Network, 2015; and tuition data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
  3. Employment Opportunity, based on employment projections for growth rate, numerical growth and job openings, 2014-24, from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  4. Educational Affordability, based on tuition data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 2014

1 Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygienist

The dental hygiene/hygienist major tops our list this year for its high marks in affordability, availability and job opportunity. With an average in-state tuition rate of $4,139, and the annual earning potential for dental hygienists ranging from $50,140 to $98,440, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates from these programs really get a lot of bang for their tuition bucks.

Major Overview: Students who enroll in this program typically receive the theoretical understanding and hands-on training needed to enter the field. These programs teach subjects like pharmacology, immunology, radiology, dental anatomy and periodontics. In addition, students participate in labs where they learn skills such as creating dental molds and taking X-rays.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 93.27

Educational Affordability: 92.31

Earning Index: 86.54

Job Opportunity: 85.58

Spotlight Career: Dental Hygienists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $72,720
  • 2014-24 Job Growth: 18.65%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $4,139

Learn more about the dental hygiene/hygienist major.

2 Registered Nursing

Registered nurse

The registered nursing/registered nurse major came second on our list, in part because it ranks first for educational availability. Registered nurses represent one of the main groups of medical professionals who work directly with patients to diagnose and help address their issues. Additionally, a demographic shift in the U.S. towards a growing amount of elderly citizens could increase the demand for patient-facing medical professionals in the near future. As such nursing programs are among the most well-represented medical majors on college campuses and enjoy very strong job opportunity post-graduation.

Major Overview: The nursing field is both demanding and rewarding, so programs provide rigorous training to prepare students for their careers. Those enrolled in these programs take courses in anatomy, microbiology, chemistry and nursing theory. In addition, they receive practical experience through the clinical nursing education in their programs.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 100.00

Educational Affordability: 80.77

Earning Index: 69.23

Job Opportunity: 97.12

Spotlight Career: Registered Nurses

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $71,000
  • 2014-24 Job Growth: 15.97%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $7,510

Learn more about the registered nursing/registered nurse major.

3 Health Information & Medical Records Administration

Medical records managers

This major is third on the list because of its high earnings rating and the fact that graduates typically have a number of employment opportunities available to them. By learning a combination of business, technology and health care principles, graduates can pursue careers as medical office managers, insurance claims coders and medical records clerks, among others.

Major Overview: This major gives students an understanding of the technologies that are used in the health care field and how they help medical facilities run smoothly. Coursework may include topics like health care economics, health care management systems and medical ethics.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 81.73

Educational Affordability: 75.96

Earning Index: 99.04

Job Opportunity: 91.35

Spotlight Career: Medical Records Manager

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $106,070
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 16.91%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $8,518

Learn more about the health information/medical records administration major.

4 Health Care Administration & Management

health care administrator

Coming in at No. 2 for educational availability and No. 5 for earnings index, the health care administration and management major ended up being fourth on our best value list. Additionally, the major's exceptionally high educational availability makes it well suited to pursuing in different parts of the country, allowing prospective students potential flexibility in choosing where to settle after graduation.

Major Overview: The health care administration/management major trains students for the responsibilities that come with health care management jobs. These programs apply business principles to the specific demands of the health care field, and include courses in health care marketing, strategic management and organizational behavior.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 99.04

Educational Affordability: 58.65

Earning Index: 96.15

Job Opportunity: 91.35

Spotlight Career: Health Services Managers

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $106,070
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 16.91%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $12,040

Learn more about the health care administration/management major.

5 Physical Therapy Assisting

physical therapist

In a surprising turn of events, the physical therapy technician/assisting majors actually came in higher than the physical therapy discipline proper. Part of this is because the major ranked sixth for affordability. It also boasts high educational availability.

Major Overview: Students in physical therapy technician/assistant programs typically learn how to treat patients with muscular and skeletal problems, keep medical records up to date and evaluate and monitor the progress of patients.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 88.46

Educational Affordability: 95.19

Earning Index: 54.81

Job Opportunity: 86.54

Spotlight Career: Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $55,250
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 40.66%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $3,471

Learn more about the physical therapy technician/assisting major.

6 Diagnostic Medical Sonography

sonographer

Contrary what might be the expectation for a more narrowly focused and technically oriented field, this major has notably high educational availability and affordability ratings, boasting an average in-state tuition rate of $4,590. Graduates can also expect to see continued growth in the profession in the near future.

Major Overview: Students in these programs are taught to be proficient in using ultrasound equipment on patients by taking classes in instrumentation and scanning. Additionally, students also learn about how sonography is used in different types of patient care, including obstetrics.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 89.42

Educational Affordability: 88.46

Earning Index: 75.00

Job Opportunity: 57.69

Spotlight Career: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $70,880
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 26.36%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $4,590

Learn more about the diagnostic medical sonography major.

7 Nursing Practice

Nurse practitioners at work

Advanced nursing jobs can come with higher-than-average salaries, which can make the $14,399 average in-state tuition well worth the investment. In order to train for these positions, students must earn nursing practice degrees. In addition to value, these programs also rank high for employment opportunities.

Major Overview: Nurse practitioners, also known as advanced practice registered nurses, receive training to specialize in several subsections of the field, such as family, pediatric, neonatal, acute care and geriatric nursing. Students in nursing practice programs typically learn how to diagnose patient conditions, perform examinations, manage treatments and order medical tests.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 80.77

Educational Affordability: 47.12

Earning Index: 90.38

Job Opportunity: 92.31

Spotlight Career: Nurse Practitioners

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Master's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $101,260
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 35.30%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $14,399

Learn more about the nursing practice major.

8 Surgical Technology

surgical technologist with patient monitoring devices

This major, which focuses on the assembly of equipment used in surgical procedures and ensuring that it's working properly, made it into our top ten thanks to its high affordability and educational availability. Also, people who pursue this major have the benefits of growing employment opportunities and potentially competitive salaries.

Major Overview: Students who enroll in this degree program study surgical techniques, medical terminology, pharmacology, anesthesiology and legal issues in the health care field. In addition, these programs provide practical experience in surgical laboratories.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 98.08

Educational Affordability: 97.12

Earning Index: 33.65

Job Opportunity: 55.77

Spotlight Career: Surgical Technologists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $45,940
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 14.73%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $3,022

Learn more about the surgical technology/technologist major.

9 Health Care Facilities Administration & Management

health facility administration team

Hospital and health care facilities administration/management programs came in at No. 7 on the earnings index, which helped to make the degree rank No. 9 on our overall list. Also, these degree programs have a high number of employment opportunities available after graduation.

Major Overview: This major aims to prepare students to take leadership roles in health care settings. Coursework includes subjects such as health care policy, health informatics, financial management and medical terminology.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 70.19

Educational Affordability: 46.15

Earning Index: 94.23

Job Opportunity: 91.35

Spotlight Career: Medical and Health Services Managers

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $106,070
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 16.91%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $14,440

Learn more about the health care facilities administration/management major.

10 Nursing Administration

Nurse administrator with nurse

The nursing administration major has an average in-state tuition rate of $15,878, which helped it round out our top 10. Additionally, the leadership-oriented field has a high employment opportunity ranking and a forecast of more than a million job openings in the United States in 2014-24 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Major Overview: Nursing administration degree programs focus on leadership skills, organizational management theories and advanced nursing principles.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 83.65

Educational Affordability: 35.58

Earning Index: 85.58

Job Opportunity: 93.27

Spotlight Career: Medical and Social Service Managers

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $106,070
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 16.91%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $15,878

Learn more about the nursing administration major.

11 Health Services Administration

health services manager with medical staff

Coming in right after our No. 10 is another administratively focused major. Similar to nursing administration, high scores in job opportunity as well as earning index helped place this major near the center of our rankings. Its slightly lower educational availability around the country, however, contributed to keeping it out of the top 10. The average in-state tuition rate for health services administration majors is also $15,319, slightly lower than nursing administration.

Major Overview: Students who pursue these degrees learn how to handle the rigors of heath care management jobs. To that end, students can expect to take courses about health care reimbursement, quality management and finance, as well as the principles of how care is delivered to patients.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 72.12

Educational Affordability: 40.38

Earning Index: 92.31

Job Opportunity: 91.35

Spotlight Career: Health Services Administrators

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $106,070
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 16.91%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $15,319

Learn more about the health services administration major.

12 Radiologic Technology

radiologist with x ray prints

This was one of seven health care technology-oriented majors that made it into our rankings, an indication of the ongoing influence of tech on the health care industry as a whole. Radiologic technology is also one of the most accessible and affordable majors on our list, with a 2014 average in-state tuition of $4,214.

Major Overview: This program provides the clinical competency professionals need to become radiologic technologists, and includes courses in magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound technology and computed tomography, a technique for creating a cross-section display of sections of the body using X-ray or ultrasound technology.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 97.12

Educational Affordability: 91.35

Earning Index: 40.38

Job Opportunity: 54.81

Spotlight Career: Radiologic Technologists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $58,520
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 8.73%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $4,214

Learn more about the radiologic technology major.

13 Physical Therapy

physical therapist with patient

Physical therapists can earn between $57,060 and $119,790, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the average in-state tuition for their education was $15,439 in 2014. This, coupled with its high employment opportunity ranking, has put the physical therapy/therapist degree program at No. 13 on our best value list.

Major Overview: Physical therapists are responsible for helping patients suffering from illnesses and injuries that impact mobility. Associated degree programs include classes in therapeutic exercise, pharmacology and kinesiology.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 86.54

Educational Affordability: 39.42

Earning Index: 45.19

Job Opportunity: 98.08

Spotlight Career: Physical Therapists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Master's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $85,790
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 34.04%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $15,439

Learn more about the physical therapy/therapist major.

14 Radiation Therapy

radiologists with radiology prints

One of the two separate radiology-related majors on our list, the medical radiologic technology major earned the No. 14 spot on our list, in part because of the high educational availability rank they received. The program also scores high for affordability with an average in-state tuition of $5,814 as of 2014.

Major Overview: Students in medical radiologic technology programs are taught how to safely administer radiologic treatments to patients. During their studies, they learn about medical imaging anatomy, medical terminology, radiation biology and protection and pathology.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 94.23

Educational Affordability: 85.58

Earning Index: 72.12

Job Opportunity: 40.38

Spotlight Career: Radiation Therapists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $84,460
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 13.86%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $5,814

Learn more about the medical radiologic technology major.

15 Occupational Therapy Assisting

occupational therapist

Occupational therapist assistants can perform a number of the patient-facing duties typically done by occupational therapists themselves, as well as administrative tasks like appointment scheduling. Despite having a 2015 national average salary lower than several of the other majors that made our rankings, it's still well above the BLS' stated national average for all jobs, and it's also one of the most affordable major paths on the list.

Major Overview: The occupational therapist assistant major includes coursework in occupational analysis, kinesiology, physical disability interventions human growth and development.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 77.88

Educational Affordability: 93.27

Earning Index: 62.50

Job Opportunity: 56.73

Spotlight Career: Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $58,340
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 42.73%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $3,844

Learn more about the occupational therapist assistant major.

16 Medical Management & Clinical Assisting

Medical manager with staff member

Even small community-level health care institutions tend to be complex operations requiring strong management, a potential factor in the high job opportunity for this management-oriented major. Additionally, high affordability combined with a strong national average salary helped bring this major in at No. 16.

Major Overview: Medical managers provide leadership and coordination in hospitals, doctor's offices and clinics. To that end, the major typically involves a combination of subjects including medical technology, health information systems and business.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 51.92

Educational Affordability: 90.38

Earning Index: 66.35

Job Opportunity: 87.50

Spotlight Career: Administrative Services Managers

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $94,840
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 8.18%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $4,325

Learn more about the medical management and clinical assisting major.

17 Community Health & Preventive Medicine

community health manager advising family

Community health and preventive medicine programs come in at No. 17 on the list for their accessibility and employment opportunity rankings. This major can typically lead to work in the health education field. In contrast to the many medical practice and technology-oriented majors on the list, this field focuses on the sharing of important medical information with communities.

Major Overview: This program teaches students how to communicate complicated health care topics to laypeople. In addition, students learn how to interpret medical information, understand the effects of chronic illnesses on a community and craft public health campaigns.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 60.58

Educational Affordability: 71.15

Earning Index: 75.00

Job Opportunity: 75.00

Spotlight Career: Health Educators

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $56,690
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 12.21%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $10,342

Learn more about the community health and preventive medicine major.

18 Family Practice Nursing

family practice nurse working with child

In contrast to other nursing disciplines, family practice nursing focuses on providing medical care to patients on a long-term basis throughout their lives. This is a growing field with an anticipated 35 percent rate of job growth and strong job opportunity already available, though its earning index suffers due to high average in-state tuition.

Major Overview: Family practice nurse/nursing degrees train students to work in a variety of settings, including clinics, doctor's offices, private homes and hospitals. These programs are designed to teach nurses how to conduct examinations, prescribe medications, administer diagnostic screenings and develop treatment plans for patients.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 87.50

Educational Affordability: 38.46

Earning Index: 43.27

Job Opportunity: 84.62

Spotlight Career: Nurse Practitioners

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Master's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $101,260
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 35.30%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $15,733

Learn more about the family practice nurse/nursing major.

19 Medical Computer Specialist

medical computer specialists

One of the several tech-centric majors that made our rankings, medical office computer specialist is one of the most affordable entries and also boasts a high earning index. Though the programming field is forecasted to shrink by 8 percent, the increasing need for tech specialists in the health care industry could help offset this.

Major Overview: This major aims to provide an education combining medical knowledge with technological skills by offering courses in medical hardware and software, health care informatics, systems administration and medical terminology.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 31.73

Educational Affordability: 99.04

Earning Index: 93.27

Job Opportunity: 69.23

Spotlight Career: Computer Programmers

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $84,360
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: -8.03%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $2,378

Learn more about the medical office computer specialist/assistant major.

20 Occupational Therapy

occupational therapist with patient

Similar to physical therapy, which we ranked at No. 13, occupational therapy has one of the highest projected job growth rates of all the health care majors on the list. In broadly helping patients regain the abilities needed to maintain daily functionality and productivity, occupational therapy has become a strong major in terms of both availability as well as post-graduation job opportunity.

Major Overview: This major teaches students how to work with injured and ill patients who need help with everyday tasks. Professionals learn how to treat different types of patients, including those with neurological disorders.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 84.62

Educational Affordability: 41.35

Earning Index: 35.58

Job Opportunity: 80.77

Spotlight Career: Occupational Therapists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Master's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $81,690
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 26.61%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $15,138

Learn more about the occupational therapy/therapist major.

21 Communication Sciences & Disorders

speech therapist

Speech-language pathologists are slated to see a significant amount of growth in the profession, according to numbers from the BLS, which has contributed to the communication sciences and disorders, general major ranking at No. 21 on our list. Also, the major came in No. 25 for educational availability.

Major Overview: Students in this major learn about a number of communication and developmental disorders, including stuttering, aphasia, voice abnormality, cleft palate and swallowing disorders.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 76.92

Educational Affordability: 65.38

Earning Index: 30.77

Job Opportunity: 60.58

Spotlight Career: Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Master's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $76,900
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 21.34%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $11,451

Learn more about the communication sciences and disorders major.

22 Clinical Laboratory Science

clinical lab scientist with microscope

Owing to a high educational availability ranking, the clinical laboratory science/medical technology program came in at No. 22. Different from many of the other majors that made the rankings, this field doesn't typically work with patients directly, instead focusing on the lab work - collecting fluid and tissue samples and testing them - that happens on the backend of medical care.

Major Overview: Students who enroll in these degree programs learn how to perform tasks such as analyzing medical samples, operating laboratory equipment and recording the results of blood, urine, or tissue sample tests.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 90.38

Educational Affordability: 64.42

Earning Index: 33.65

Job Opportunity: 63.46

Spotlight Career: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $61,860
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 14.02%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $11,690

Learn more about the clinical laboratory science/medical technology major.

23 Respiratory Care Therapy

respiratory specialists examining x ray

As the name would suggest, respiratory care therapy focuses on addressing breathing problems like asthma in addition to issues that arise as side-effects of events like heart attacks or shock. This easy-to-find and generally affordable major's ranking was tempered by markedly lower earning potential and job opportunity in the near future.

Major Overview: Patients who have conditions that affect their breathing, such as emphysema and asthma, rely on respiratory therapists for their treatment. In order to help students prepare for this career, the respiratory care therapy major covers topics such as pulmonary pathology, chronic respiratory disease management, pulmonary anatomy and physiology and cardiopulmonary diseases.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 96.15

Educational Affordability: 94.23

Earning Index: 48.08

Job Opportunity: 23.08

Spotlight Career: Respiratory Therapy Technicians

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Associate degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $49,720
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: -18.69%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $3,760

Learn more about the respiratory care therapy/therapist major.

24 Osteopathic Medicine

osteopathic therapists

Osteopathy boasts the highest earning index of any health care major that made our rankings, with a 2015 national average salary of $192,120. That said, the fact that it's a harder-to-find major as well as a relatively expensive one kept it from ranking higher.

Major Overview: This major provides an advanced health care education that includes courses in neuroscience, microbiology, gross anatomy and surgical and medical skills.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 28.85

Educational Affordability: 55.77

Earning Index: 100.00

Job Opportunity: 75.96

Spotlight Career: Family and General Practitioners

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Doctoral or professional degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $192,120
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 10.23%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $12,392

Learn more about the osteopathic medicine/osteopathy major.

25 Medical Informatics

medical records manager

The medical informatics field is primarily focused on the management of digital record-keeping, including storage, access and security, an important discipline in a highly regulated industry like health care. Our research showed that this major has very strong earning potential as well as job opportunity after graduation.

Major Overview: Students in the medical informatics program learn how technological principles are applied to the health care profession. This major includes classes in health care data, network and security, information technology fundamentals and medical terminology.

Category Scores

Educational Availability: 66.35

Educational Affordability: 36.54

Earning Index: 83.65

Job Opportunity: 72.12

Spotlight Career: Computer and Information Research Scientists

  • Typical Entry-Level Degree: Bachelor's degree
  • 2015 National Average Salary: $115,580
  • 2014-2024 Job Growth: 10.55%
  • 2014 Average In-State Tuition: $15,813

Learn more about the medical informatics major.

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